Mosheen Destroys Field In 2011 Crown Oaks


Mosheen wins the Crown Oaks 2011

Mosheen has proved her doubters wrong by simply blowing away her rivals across 2500m in the 2011 Crown Oaks.

She was stepping up from just 1600m last Saturday in the Myer Classic to over a mile and a half in the Oaks.

It’s the type of preparation rarely seen in the race and one that certainly hasn’t produced too many winners over the years.

It was a fantastic training effort from Robert Smerdon though as Mosheen didn’t just win the race, she absolutely caned them.

It was the type of win that was expected when Atlantic Jewel was still targeting it but with her out few expected the result we had today.

Danny Nikolic was the rider aboard Mosheen and he simply couldn’t have had an easier time of it out in front.

She jumped the best of them and settled on the pace to never be challenged at any stage.

On paper there was no speed in the race and that’s what eventuated with Mosheen simply walking her way around the course before being opened up on the turn.

From there it was game over with Dowager Queen making up no ground in second and Roma Giaconda coming from the tail to pick up third spot.

Nikolic said the way he assessed the race before hand is exactly how it panned out.

“He (Smerdon) left it to me, there wasn’t a lot of speed on paper,” he said.

“They were all saying she wouldn’t run the trip.

“Looking at her now, she could go around and do that again.”

Despite her massive winning margin he still isn’t getting carried away about what the future may hold.

“Three year olds in the spring isn’t a great guide to see if they are a genuine stayer,” he said.

That said he does expect her to keep going from here.

“She’s been an underrated filly from the day i started riding her,” he said.

“She’s run second to two of the best we’ve got going around in Sepoy in Atlantic Jewel.

“There was no way she was going to get beaten off the turn, she hadn’t spent any petrol.”

For Smerdon it’s a nice win, especially given he wasn’t even coming her until a few days ago.

He admits he was running scared of Atlantic Jewel but based on that performance you have to wonder if she would have given her a run for her money.

“I’d hoped that she’d relax enough,” he said.

“Danny said the other day if I can put her to sleep for 2000m nothing will beat it.”

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2011 Crown Oaks Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 1 MOSHEEN Robert Smerdon Danny Nikolic 2 55.5kg $5
2 2 DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson Hugh Bowman 9L 8 55.5kg $3.50F
3 5 ROMA GIACONDA David Hayes Steven Arnold 10.25L 6 55.5kg $26
4 7 VITTORIA (NZ) Michael Kent Craig Newitt 10.55L 4 55.5kg $11
5 6 GIOE Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 12.05L 9 55.5kg $41
6 11 PENTIMENTO Michael Kent Corey Brown 15.8L 7 55.5kg $13
7 3 GLIDING Bart Cummings Darren Beadman 18.55L 10 55.5kg $7
8 4 RAHVEEL Leon Corstens Damien Oliver 19.8L 11 55.5kg $6
9 8 FALLEN ONE Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 22.55L 1 55.5kg $61
10 10 LADY JOUSTER (NZ) Anthony Cummings Dean Yendall 34.55L 3 55.5kg $41
11 9 FLAME OF LANKA David Hayes Dwayne Dunn 38.55L 5 55.5kg $21